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Take a tour of London’s best Christmas trees
It’s officially the first December weekend, so we’re on the final countdown to the big day. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to get the kids excited or want a cute day idea, why not spend a day strolling through the city and stopping by the finest landmark Christmas tree spots?
From Claridge’s epic Jimmy Choo-designed diamond iteration to St Pancras International’s homage to London, find where to see the capital’s best (and our favourites) here…
Travel back to the timeless era of decadence with Burlington Arcade and Babylon
Looking forward to Margo Robbie and Brad Pitt’s new blockbuster Babylon? To get you excited for January’s release, iconic shopping destination Burlington Arcade has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to offer Londoners a chance to experience the timeless era of the early 20th Century.
The shopping arcade itself dates back to the early 1800s and has retained its prime position as one of the key retail destinations in the capital. It’s home to high-quality, luxury boutiques, including Ciro Jewellery and S.J.Rood who have both been at the Arcade for over a century.
Running until the end of January, Burlington Arcade has transformed its space with an interactive installation that’s as luxe as it gets. Designed by Amanda Davis, the experience will give visitors a chance to experience the magic of Babylon and discover the wide range of classic-inspired items on offer from some of Burlington Arcade’s luxury brands.
Hidden in the shopping destination, expect to find a Babylon pop-up boutique showcasing some of the costumes and content from the film. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva and Tobey Maguire.
When: Until the end of January
Where: Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, W1J 0QJ
Enjoy a Martini, Daniel Craig-style
Earlier this month, Belvedere released a special advertisement video, and it’s about as star-studded as they come. Channelling his inner diva, the ad stars Daniel Craig as he dances throughout the two-minute sequence in various locations. The campaign sees Craig becoming the new face of the brand, and where better to show off the collaboration than Selfridges itself.
The bar is sleek and stylish, with pews lining the bar front and giant screens of Craig on the sides. As you’d expect, there are plenty of martinis to go around, along with Belvedere cocktails.
During the pop-up run, they will be offering a free Clubland Cocktail, a mix of Belvedere Vodka, white port, bitters and orange zest served martini style every Monday. Find out more here.
When: Until 31.12.2023
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Wander around a city built from gingerbread
Need some inspiration for your festive gingerbread creation this Christmas? Look to the Gingerbread City, the annual exhibition that sees architects, designers and engineers build a city out of gingerbread.
Running from 3rd December to 2nd January, head down to get inspired by the creations, from the adorable little houses to windmills, and skyscrapers to cars.
WHEN: 03.12.2022 – 02.01.2023
WHERE: 6-7 MOTCOMB STREET, BELGRAVIA, SW1X 8JU
Catch The Snowman magic on stage
Who doesn’t love the heartwarming story of the boy who becomes friends with his snowman? This Christmas sees Raymond Briggs’ winter novel come to life on the big stage. Fall back in love with the festive classic thanks to Bill Alexander’s directorial magic, music and lyrics from Howard Blake, including everyone’s favourite ‘Walking in the Air’, and choreography by Robert North.
Watch the magic unfold through beautiful storytelling, dance and live music. Perfect for children, adults and everyone in between, this is one magical snowy production you won’t want to miss.
Looking for more magical shows? Check out our guide here.
WHEN: 19.11.2022 – 31.12.2022
WHERE: PEACOCK THEATRE, PORTUGAL STREET, WC2A 2HT
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Beat the January blues by booking this new karaoke spot early
We might be at peak Christmas right now, but for those who want to banish the January blues early, look ahead and book in for a classic karaoke session. Karaoke experts Lucky Voice will be bringing the party vibes to east London in January thanks to their brand new venue opening in Liverpool Street.
Experts in the music field, Lucky Voice are the leading figures in the karaoke scene, boasting a 11,000+ song catalogue filled with current chart hits and old-school classics.
Book early to celebrate their opening and give yourself a fun booking to get you through the winter blues.
Stop by Saatchi Yates’ new exhibition from Danny Fox
Find yourself at a loose end this weekend? Head down to Saatchi Yates to catch their latest exhibition dedicated to Cornish artist Danny Fox.
Running until the 20th of January, the exhibition showcases a new body of work from the contemporary artist. Expect to uncover five new large-scale paintings, all of which pay homage to Fox’s childhood influences and the great European modernist painters.
When: Until 20.01.2023
Where: Saatchi Yates, 68-69 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QU
Book yourself in for a personal shopping experience
Love getting dressed up but don’t know how to style your shape? Always wanted to try a personal shopping experience but been too scared? Over at Bicester Village, you can look forward to a truly VIP experience, from a dedicated team of fashion connoisseurs to stylish finds from their top boutiques.
You’ll be given a dedicated stylist who will hand-pick pieces based on your tastes, whether you’re wanting to try out a new look or build yourself a wardrobe capsule. From offering styling pointers to insider tips, they will put you at ease, finding the perfect tailored pieces and luxury items to suit you.
Where: Bicester Village, OX26 6WD